The Libyan Coast Guard carried out a joint operation with a European non-governmental organization Saturday to rescue migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
A source in the Libyan Coast Guard told the German news agency dpa that 120 migrants were saved near the shores of Zuwara city, west of Tripoli.
The European NGO spotted the migrants’ boat and commenced in the rescue process before being joined by the vessel Kifah of the Libyan Navy to complete the mission.
The source added that the European NGO took the families and ill persons aboard, while the Libyan Coast Guard transferred about 80 other migrants to Abu-Sitta Navy base in Tripoli.
The migrants were registered and provided with some health and logistical assistance before being transferred to Tajoura shelter of the Anti-Illegal Immigration Agency.